Didn’t see this one coming. Of course, I don’t see many things coming. It’s difficult to divine the future from my dungeon. All I see are but slithers of light through the blinds. Gentle light, illuminating my bedsores (barely) and meat-shrine to Jennifer Lawrence (barely).

It looks like Fox is ready to expand the X-Men universe.

X-MenFilms reports the studio has registered the domain name, which certainly suggest an X-Force is on the way. Further, Bleeding Cool asserts that Fox will announce plans for an expanded X-Men film universe next week at Comic-Con International, with X-Force very much a part of those ideas.

The rumor falls in line with what Fox’s Marvel creative consultant Mark Millar told CBR Newsearlier in the year: “There’s an amazing amount of potential in the X-Men universe. It’s almost a Marvel Universe in itself in that you can build up to so many great stories and so many great characters. I hesitate to name names, but let’s say that all the ones you like and everyone you’d expect, we’ll have them. It’s insane to have the crown jewel and not expect to wear them.”

“X-Force or Cable or Deadpool — all these amazing characters are things we haven’t really gotten to yet,” he added. “Just from basic conversations, we’ve come up with ten movies we could do.”

Update (11:15 a.m.): X-Force co-creator Rob Liefeld has confirmed film plans on Twitter, adding that fans should temper their excitement in the project is further into development. “When they cast an X-Force film then its reason to celebrate,” he wrote. “They have a Magneto film in ‘development’ as well. Proceed with caution.”

[Spin-Off Online]